Posh Projects

On the Posh Knitters group on Ravelry, there is a project page, where members can post details of their Posh Projects. I had a look at it earlier, and we are nearly up to 1000 projects. WOW! There are some stunning projects on there, so I’d like to send you there this morning. Get some inspiration for your next project! I know I have.

Posh Party

We had the most wonderful day on Saturday. As you know, there were Posh Meetups going on around the UK, one in York, one in London, and one in Mid-Wales. I wish I could have been at all of them. We met up with everyone at First4Yarns in Knighton, Powys. I must say a huge thank you to Lisa and Diana who run the shop (and a gorgeous little shop it is, too) for hosting our meetup, and to Lisa’s brother, who made us the most divine cakes. *dribble*

I intended to take masses of photos, but of course as soon as everyone started to arrive I got completely excited, and forgot all about it. Thankfully the lovely Elizabeth didn’t lose her head, and took lots of photos, so hop on over there and take a look at those. We’ll wait for you.

Can you see from the photos how much fun we were having?!? It was such a delight to have some of my posh friends all in one room, and to spend a little (far too little) time with them. One of the highlights was learning to spin from Spinning Sue. I think she worked some kind of magic on me, because for once in my life, I managed to get the hang of it straight away. Usually I struggle with anything practical, especially if it involves coordination! But I managed to do a bit of spinning, with her help, and Tony had a go too, and my yarn was better than his. Oh yes.

Sue had brought me a lovely gift from her and David, some of his scrumptious hand dyed batts, in the most glorious blue/green blend, with sparkles. Sparkles! It is so, so, so, SO pretty. I can’t wait to start spinning it. A little voice in my head is telling me to save it until I get better at spinning, that it would be a waste to use it on my first try, but I’m going to ignore it. I’m going to feel very very proud of that first little skein, and it deserves to be pretty and sparkly.  

Thank you so much, everyone who came. We loved getting to know you a bit better, and seeing all your lovely knits, it really was an amazing day for us. I’m coming up to Wonderwool on the Saturday (25th April), and we’ll be meeting up again there, so if you’re coming, join the party!

We had quite the adventure on the way home. We were using our satnav, and I don’t know if we hit a satellite black spot or something, but the satnav must have scrambled because when we got to Rhayader it sent us up this mountain track (which was showing on the satnav as a main road). Stupidly, we trusted it, even though the road got steadily worse. After about half an hour, we were up on this mountain, no lights to be seen, no houses, no signs, no other cars, just the mountain on the left of us and a sheer drop down to what looked like a resevoir (about 70 foot below the road) on the other side. There were pine trees on each side, and the road was full of branches and small trees that had come down in the wind. And were still coming down. Every time we got to a tree in the road, Tony and Gerd would have to jump out and go move it, and one of the times, as they were moving the tree, another one crashed down just behind the car. Poor Zara was having hysterics. After an hour of this, driving through floods, and all sorts, we came down off the mountain and found ourselves………

…………… right back in Rhayader.

Yep, we spent an hour nearly getting killed going round in a big circle.

After that, we did the only sensible thing there was to do: found a pub and drank large quantities of alcohol.

Tony Sez……

Last night Tony managed to prise the laptop from me, and had a wander round Ravelry. Round the Posh Knitters group, and particularly the projects page. And he was bowled over. He spent a good hour browsing through all the finished knits, and he kept exclaiming over them, shaking his head in wonder, grinning. He was really impressed at all the beautiful things you’ve knitted in Posh Yarn, almost overwhelmed. He said to me, “It’s like I give them paper and crayons, and then they create this beautiful piece of artwork!” He also said he felt really inspired, that he had a new enthusiasm for his work now he has seen what you create with his colourways. So if you haven’t yet joined us on the Posh Knitters group, please do so, and add your projects to the group, so that we can ooh and ahh over them!  

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If you’re on the lookout for something new and fun to knit, look no further. I’ve long been a fan of Laura Patterson’s designs, so when she said she wanted to do some designing with Posh Yarn, I was thrilled to bits. And here’s the first of her designs: Algernon, a fabulous cabled sock pattern. Laura knitted it in Laura (appropriately!) but it would also work really well in Emily or Helena. It’s definitely going on my list of must knits for the Winter!

Next up is a new design in Cecilia, our cobweb weight cashmere/silk. I can’t wait to see what Laura comes up with – her Garden Party was such a gorgeous shawl, and our Ravelry gang had great fun knitting it. 

I love seeing patterns designed especially for Posh Yarn. If I had a little bit more time, I would like to do some designing myself, but alas there aren’t enough hours in the day (or brain cells in my head). It’s a good job there are so many talented designers out there now. We knitters really do live in the best possible time, don’t you think?

We Survived Wonderwool 2008!!

Oh boy, where do I start? The last few days have been crazy, my head is still whirling. Ok, we had a bit of a tortuous day on Friday – Tony had a last minute fashion crisis and decided that his current wardrobe didn’t have the right image for Wonderwool (*rolls eyes*), so dragged me round and round shops, in the pouring rain, when all I wanted to do was get to the showground and set up. We didn’t get there until after 4, and by 9.30, still hadn’t finished setting up the stand. It became apparent pretty fast that we weren’t going to get even half our yarn out, even though we were cramming the skeins onto the display rails. We hired a table and piled that up, and left the rest of the yarn in bags, bringing it out over the rest of the weekend. While we were setting up, Jeni came past, and we did a double take as we recognised each other (we’d never met before this). I imagined her to be a tiny petite little thing, and she turned out to be taller than me, which was a surprise! We promised to catch up later in the show, but didn’t really get a chance, so we’re going to meet up some other time instead and have a good natter.

 

We finished getting the stand ready on the Saturday morning, before the show opened, and were ready by about 9.30, which just gave me time for a loo dash before the doors opened at 10. Except, they started letting people in around 9.45, which was a bit confusing, so I arrived back at the stand and there were already customers there, some of the lovely Ravelry girls. I immediately lost my head and became completely flustered and unable to remember anyone’s names, ooh it was just like the Sunday night adrenaline rush, except this time people could see me flapping and floundering! Everyone was lovely though, Saira brought me the prettiest beaded bracelet she’d made for me, Claudia brought me a skein of Sophia 2ply that I’d been covetting in a sale a few weeks back, and there was much hugging and squealing as I finally got to see all my friends in the flesh.

I’d recruited a lovely young friend of mine to help out for a bit, so I was able to stand and chat with everyone, although I couldn’t spend as long talking as I would have liked, as there were new people coming up all the time. Tony was totally in his element, he loved meeting everyone and chatting, and answering questions. He was terrified someone would ask him something about knitting that he wouldn’t be able to answer though, so he wouldn’t let me leave the stand. On Saturday, by far the busiest day, I didn’t leave the stand from 9.30 until 6.30, not even for the toilet. What a slave driver. Luckily people kept bringing me food and drink to keep me going. I sat down about 3, and it was only then that I realised how incredibly tired I was. One of the day’s real treats was the sight of a lady wearing a Kaffe Fasset design full length coat that she had knitted out of eyelash yarn. Yep. I’ll leave Gabrielle to tell the story (and share the photos), she’ll do it more justice than I can. By the by, this girl is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. She had me and Tony in stitches. And her fella is a sweetie.

 

The yarn was flying out on Saturday, but we’d brought so much that the piles didn’t seem to be dented! By Saturday night we had it all out on display, and there was just so much of it that it was a little overwhelming. Sunday was a much quieter day, I even got to do a little sock knitting in the gaps between customers, and to meet some of the other exhibitors. I met Amanda from The Natural Dye Studio, which I was really pleased about, as I’ve always admired her and her work. Also two of our suppliers, John & Juliet from Fibre Harvest (these two are totally too cool for school), and Andy, who has sourced us some scrumptious new lace weight yarns. Oh, and Lisa from First4Yarns, who was lovely. And Alice from Socktopus.

All in all, it was a pretty amazing weekend, and I learned a lot. For one thing, our stand setup wasn’t ideal – we wanted to get as much yarn out as possible, and still leave room for people to browse, but it didn’t work as well as we’d hoped. We took way, way, way too much yarn with us, more than double what we needed to take. It was interesting to see what people went for though, because it was quite different to the yarns and colourways that are most popular on the Sunday sales. We have brought back loads of yarn, which I’ll be putting on the shop over the next couple of updates. I was worried that we would only have ‘leftovers’, that the nicest yarns and colourways would sell out at the show, and we’d be bringing back the ones that no one wanted, but I can quite honestly say that we have some fantastic yarn for you over the next couple of weeks, including cobweb weight, and some of my personal favourite colourways. When I’ve sorted through the bags, I’ll start to show you some previews.

So many people were coming up and buying and telling me that they’ve been trying to buy on the Sunday sale for weeks, and haven’t been able to. Well, there’s so much yarn here that I think everyone will be able to get their hands on some over the next two weeks! We’re also thinking about doing the IKnit show in September – there’s still so many customers I want to meet, and this would be a good opportunity. 

I want to say a big Thank You to everyone who came to the show, it was amazing to meet you all, and I know a lot of you travelled a long way (as far as Norway!) to get there. Thank you all so much, we had so much fun meeting you all. I have that post-holidays blues feeling today, sort of anti-climax. I’ve been making up for lost time on Ravelry instead, but I really should go and start unpacking. Kitten news tomorrow!

PS. Did you miss me?

ETA: I forgot to tell you that I met the team behind Knit on the Net too. We had a lovely natter, and found we had much in common! Oh, and Luciana from Foreign Strand too, who had the coolest knitting bag I have ever seen!

Bits & Pieces

Well, that was another doozy of a day yesterday. In the ongoing Bamford Disaster saga, Tony’s brother was rushd to hospital yesterday with a suspected heart attack. We sat in A&E for hours waiting for the doctors to decide what to do. Eventually they decided that it was probably angina, and they would keep him in overnight to do further tests. We stumbled home late last night and collapsed into bed. Drama, drama, always drama!! 

But, to offset all this bad stuff, I had three beautiful surprises in the post yesterday. Firstly, Leslie Wind, who makes these incredible gold and silver shawl pins, contacted me last week to say she would like to send me one. You can imagine how I jumped at that opportunity!! And yesterday it arrived, and oh it’s gorgeous. Look:

I’m very fussy about jewellery and accessories, preferring the sleek and simple, and this fits the bill perfectly. It holds onto the shawl well, without pulling at the delicate lace, and is beautiful without being so ornate that it clashes with the shawl for attention. Thank you Leslie, I love it!! (For those wondering, the shawl in this photo is the one I was wearing in the photos earlier in the week, its the Fir Cone Triangular Shawl, knitted in Sophia 2ply.)

My second parcel was from a lovely customer, Annette, whose felted wool balls I had been admiring on Ravelry. Annette was kind enough to send me two, with a note saying that she hoped Jaffa would love them. Oh, he does! He’s a very keen little footballer. Thank you, Annette, you are a sweetie. And by the by, don’t you think one of them looks like a planet in the photo below?!

Finally, I’d been telling Robynn earlier in the week how much I was lusting over the Pattern Tamers she’s recently started stocking. They are so cool, fabric covered magnetic strips that you use to mark your place on charts. As someone who is constantly losing her place, using scraps of paper, and slowing my knitting down even more than usual due to wondering where on earth I am in the pattern, these will be invaluable. Plus, well, they’re so pretty! Anyway, Robynn was a darling, and sent me some as a gift. Thank you so, so much, Robynn!

Preparations for the show are hotting up, Tony has been steadily dyeing his way through an enormous pile of yarn. I’m going to filch some of it for this week’s update, but I’m not sure when the preview will be ready, as yesterday’s hospital visit set us back a bit. Watch this space. I’m hoping that we have wildly overestimated how much yarn we will need for this show, and that we’ll be bringing a lot of it back with us. If we do have lots left over, I’m going to do a week of updates, one each day at 6pm, and maybe one early in the day for our poor Australian and New Zealand customers who currently have to get up in the early hours to shop with us. I’d like to do a week of small updates, because hopefully that would give everyone a chance to get some yarn. We’ll have to see how things go at the show, but that’s the goal.

Mmm, I think that’s everything for now. Ooh, don’t forget, Ravelry users, we’re starting the Swallowtail KAL next Tuesday. Yep, that’s everything. Have a good Thursday!!